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Newsom John

John Newsom is an American painter based in New York City. He was born in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1970. Newsom is best known for combining multiple techniques of formal painting strategies onto large-scale canvases, featuring dynamic spectacles of the natural world. In 1992 he completed his Baechler of Fine Arts degree from The Rhode Island School of Design and subsequently moved to New York City, where he attended New York University’s studio arts program. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from NYU in 1994. Newsom has been the focus of several early-career survey exhibitions presented at notable institutions, including The Richard J. Massey Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, New York 2011-12, MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, New Jersey 2015, and upcoming at The Oklahoma Contemporary Museum, Oklahoma City, Spring 2022. Published in a 2015 monograph of Newsom’s paintings, art critic Barry Schwabsky writes in his essay, “Beneath his thick and sensuous painted renderings of flora and fauna is a grappling with the giants of abstraction. What keeps ‘strong painting’ from becoming merely muscle bound – is Newsom’s secret weapon: the discipline that comes from considering himself, not a painter of images, but rather an abstractionist … to appreciate his paintings is … to engage with their surfaces of purely sensual incident.”Newsom has exhibited extensively in The United States and Europe, as well as Japan. Articles and reviews of his work have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, The New Yorker and The New York Times, among other notable periodicals. His work is included in the permanent collections of numerous public institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Brooklyn Museum, NY; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; and The R.I.S.D. Museum, Providence, RI.

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